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Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Lee Westwood  (Getty Images)
Lee Westwood (Getty Images)

Lee Westwood may be fresh off a three week break but he arrives at Albatross Golf Resort with plenty of momentum ahead of the D+D Real Czech Masters.

The Englishman finished in a tie for fourth last time out at The Open Championship for his best finish of the season so far, and arrives at a venue where he has enjoyed himself in recent years.

Westwood is playing in Prague for the fourth year in a row - having finished ninth in 2017 - and is enjoying a new lease of life on the course with fiancée Helen on the bag.

"I played well at Royal Portrush and then I've had three weeks off since then," he said. "I've been down to Portugal for a couple of weeks for a holiday with my fiancée and my family and I'm looking forward to getting going again.

"We were saying this morning driving to the airport that it's nice to be playing again after such a good performance at The Open.

"The way I approach tournaments now has changed. I take it less seriously but I still try my hardest. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen, you can only try your best and that's what I try and do each time I go to a tournament.

"The last thing I want to do is turn up at a tournament and not want to be there. I want to be keen to play at every tournament, I'm 46 now so it means I can't play as many.

"I enjoy it a lot more."

I take it less seriously but I still try my hardest. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen - Lee Westwood

Recent rain has made the layout in the Czech capital a different proposition to how it has played in recent years, and Westwood believes that could help him this week.

"It's a good golf course," he said. "It's pretty straightforward, the course has been designed well and shows you where you need to hit it and then it's up to the individual to execute it.

"There's a lot of water out there, there's a lot of risk and reward if you want to take it on.

"There's a little bit of rough this year which will be better for me. It should set up well and I'm looking forward to it."

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